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Entrepreneur Dong Mingzhu of Gree Electric Appliances

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Sister Dong Mingzhu (董明珠)

In a hot humid day, we will be grateful for air-conditioning.

When I think of air-conditioning, I will remember one of the toughest (难缠) businesswomen in China – Dong Mingzhu.

On motherhood:

I heart her because she was once a young widow,

with the responsibility to raise her son by herself.

Mingzhu once sent her 12-year-old son to the airport alone by bus because she was busy.

Is she too much as a mother?

Well, perhaps her action helped to nurture independence in her son.

On training:

Mingzhu dtudied statistics at a vocational school in Nanjing and toiled at a research institute for 15 years.

She was a technician in a chemistry laboratory in Nanjing.

Then, her husband’s early death changed everything.

对生活依然充满着憧憬 (vision) 和希望 (hope),想出去闯一闯 (try again!)。

On profession:

She WOW me because she has not taken a day off in more than 20 years.

NY Times: "Unlike many of the women who pepper China’s rich lists, Mingzhu did not inherit wealth and had no man beside her and no political connections"

She started as an air-conditioner saleswoman, traveling widely.

The Marketing Queen adopts WIN-WIN approach.

董明珠很简单 (simple),

简单得只要跟她合作的经销商,完全不用挖空心思去考虑双方的利益博弈,

因为她总是把你的利益和她的利益均衡考虑,

任何一方的利益受损失,她都会拒绝合作.

Her expertise:

企业战略 (corporate strategy)

营销策略 (marketing strategy)

销售 (sales)

Likes reading and shawls.

Mingzhu is a symbol of determination.

I want to read her autobiography "Regretless Pursuit" 行棋无悔

(published in 2006).

Her advice:

"You must be a thinker.

Be decisive, have good judgment, organizational ability.

Most importantly, you have to be able to take control."

Sources:

Forbes Asia March 2012

New York Times. Setting the Pace With Toughness.

Baidu

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Written by blueroselady

April 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

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